There have been times when I used the BitTorrent protocol on my Mac to, uh, um, obtain various and sundry forms of media (music, TV shows, movies, apps). You know. To get involved in, uh, well, file sharing online. Here’s how BitTorrent is going mainstream and legitimate with a free Mac sync app.
To put it simply, BitTorrent Sync uses file sharing technology to give you ways to backup and synchronize your files and keep them safe and secure.
It’s bad enough that the TSA gets to look at your junk but who wants the N.S.A. to go snooping around in your private files.
BitTorrent Sync makes it easy to sync files between devices, fast, simply, easily, and yet make them available to you on your Mac, Windows PC, or mobile devices.
The way it works is rather simple (much like BitTorrent is to, uh, well, share files online). Select a folder on your Mac to sync. Right-click and select Copy Secret. That’s a unique key which is generated for each sync folder.
To sync files from one folder and Mac to another you’ll need that key at the other end. You can even share a folder of files with a friend. Just create the secret key, send the file, send the key to open the file.
Here’s my laundry list of what I like about BitTorrent Sync.
First of all, it’s free. It’s also very fast. And, importantly, files are not stored anywhere in the cloud between your devices. That means you’ll need to keep your devices plugged in and running, but that’s a no brainer.
You can also sync up files between your Mac (or, Windows PC) and mobile devices using a mobile app. The BitTorrent Sync app for iPhone and iPad is also free.
Quibbles and caveats?
Yes. BitTorrent Sync for Mac is still a beta product with a few bugs. I’ve not had any problems in my testing but other Mac users have had a few issues. It is a free app, but it’s also a beta version, so caveat emptor and all that.